Daily Archive: July 15, 2013



Italy politician under fire for racist slur

Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kashetu Kyenge listens to a question during a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) ROME (AP) – Calls mounted Monday for the Senate vice president to resign after he compared Italy’s first Black Cabinet minister to an orangutan, with the Italian premier lamenting that the country had been “shamed” by such insults and demanding they stop immediately.



Pittsburgh rally for Trayvon Martin turns to street sit in

Joy KMT, Bekezela Mguni and LaTasha Mayes from “New Voices Pittsburgh” sit in front of other protestors on Centre Ave. in the Hill District as Mguni shows her frustration yelling how many more times, how many more Black lives. (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello) A rally for Trayvon Martin at Freedom Corner in the Hill District on July 14 drew police presence when two women from New Voices Pittsburgh took to the street to draw more attention to their cause. “People are just driving by,” said Joy KMT before taking her place in the street. “Maybe if we stand in the street they’ll pay attention.” And they did. More and more women took a place in the street until the event’s organizers asked the rest of the crowd to join them. Soon after, several police cars emerged.



Rallies large and small follow Zimmerman verdict

Protesters make their way down Washington Ave., from Grand Circus Park in Detroit to the Federal Building during a protest against the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida on Sunday, July 14, 2013. The Aiyana in the sign refers to young Detroiter Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed during a police raid. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley) NEW YORK (AP) — With chants and prayers, sermons and signs, outrage over a jury’s decision to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager poured from street protests and church pulpits Sunday amid calls for federal civil rights charges to be filed in the case. Demonstrations large and small broke out across the country — ranging from a few dozen more than a thousand — in support of the family of Trayvon Martin as protesters decried the not guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice.



Anger, sadness but ‘little surprise’ over Zimmerman verdict

Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump addresses the media following George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict in his second degree murder trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Saturday, July 13, 2013. (Credit: Gary W. Green/POOL) by Emanuella Grinberg (CNN) — “How do we explain this to children?” The question echoed across the country Saturday night after a Florida jury cleared George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.



Beyonce holds moment of silence for Trayvon Martin

This publicity image released by Parkwood Entertainment shows singer Beyonce performing during her world tour on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Parkwood Entertainment, Robin Harper)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Beyonce called in a concert for a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin, rapper Young Jeezy released a song in Martin’s memory and Russell Simmons called for peace after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury in the death of the teenager.



Could rap lyrics shift after Wayne, Ross mishaps?

This Sept. 29, 2012 file photo shows Rick Ross performing at the BET Hip-Hop Honors at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, in Atlanta. (Photo by John Amis/Invision/AP, file) NEW YORK (AP) — Since it began, rap has found ways to offend. Whether for political content, sexual imagery, misogyny, violence or coarse humor, rappers have found themselves having to defend their words on a regular basis, no matter how innocuous — or extreme.